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Studying How can I combine Astronomy and Technology?

  1. Jul 24, 2016 #1

    First of all I want to say that I still don't have to choose what I want to do for a couple of years,
    but I like to think ahead,

    Im asking my self if there is a way to combine my love of astronomy and technology\engineering
    for what I want to study and do as a job.as Im very interrested in both Spacecraft and the theory behind the stars and planets etc.

    Is there a degree I can take that does involve both astronomy and technology?
    The closest thing I could find is do a bachelors in Applied Physics
    (I think that has little to nothing to do with astronomy?)
    and then do a masters in space flight so it has something to do with space and space applications,
    But I just dont think it has the the theory of astronomy behind it..

    This is what the description of the masters degree says:

    ""This track focuses on space engineering and space exploration. It covers a broad field, ranging from satellite engineering, space systems engineering, orbital mechanics, instrumentation, launchers and propulsion to mission analysis, remote sensing, planetary exploration and scientific interpretation of satellite observation data"

    So again,I dont think it has anything to do with theory behind Stasr,Planets,meteorites etc.

    So my questions are:
    -Does this degree have anything to do with Astronomy?
    -Is there anything that combines these 2 things beter? (Astromoy and Technolagy)
    or should I just choose between one of these 2 things?

    Sorry if I wrote something wrong ,English is not my main language
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  3. Jul 24, 2016 #2


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    I think you covered the areas already astronomy tech would involve instrumentation both earth-based and space-based or software simulations of astronomical objects black holes, galactic events... mapping the universe...
  4. Jul 25, 2016 #3


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    You can earn a PhD in astronomy/physics and focus on instrumentation. I know that U Arizona and U Florida have excellent instrumentation groups.
  5. Jul 25, 2016 #4
    Certainly. Aerospace and astronautical engineering come immediately to mind. Probably a bit lighter on the astronomy and cosmology aspect, but definitely a great deal of celestial mechanics. If you go for astronautical engineering, I suspect that there would also be a significant overlap with instrumentation since putting instruments into space constitutes the bulk of what astronautical engineers actually do.
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